“Hut, Hut, Hike!” Five Must-Have Leadership Qualities to Call Plays on and off the Field

12/15/2016 10.12 EST

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With the end of the year quickly approaching; another exciting time lies right around the corner: the NFL playoffs. As many of us around the country begin assessing how our favorite teams stack up against the rest of the pack; head coaches and players will review if they had done enough to secure a position in the playoffs for a chance to bring home the coveted Lombardi trophy.   Whether you’re on the field or in the office, all teams need quality leadership to achieve their goals. So, how do the leaders who call and execute the plays during a game match up to the leaders calling the shots in the workplace? Here are five traits both have in common:   Ability to “Call Audibles” – To be one of the best quarterbacks in the league, a player must be able to assess the opposing team’s defense and adjust plays accordingly. At the conference room table and in the general workforce, the best leaders demonstrate agility to assess and adjust a business plan as needs and environments change.   Ability to Stand Tall in the Face of Pressure – Regardless of the team, all quarterbacks experience a large amount of pressure. The QBs who can remain calm and deliver a great pass, all while facing the opposing line backers, are the most likely to secure another first down. Just like those quarterbacks, business leaders who stand tall in the face of deadlines, unexpected challenges, and crises will...